5 Mistakes You’re Making That Lead to a High AC Bill

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If you live in Arizona, you know the temperature can get miserably hot pretty quickly.

The extreme heat wave of summer 2017 even led to flight cancellations in Phoenix.

While all of us rely on our air conditioning units to keep us cool, you may be spending more than you need to on your AC bill.

Are you making any of the following 5 AC bill mistakes? Read on to find out.

1. Letting The Sun Hit Your AC Unit

We know that sometimes, your AC unit can feel like an eyesore.

As a result, lots of homeowners try to “hide” their external units by placing them in rarely visited spots of their backyards.

The problem comes when these units are placed in direct sunlight or behind shrubbery. The leaves and even bugs on the shrubs will easily clog your unit, leading to higher bills and expensive repairs.

Direct sunlight means your unit has to overcompensate to stay cool. So, always aim for a shady spot.

2. Putting Vents In The Wrong Place

It’s not just the unit itself you need to position correctly.

You also need to focus on where you put the vents and even the thermostat. Once again, avoid placing your thermostat in the path of direct sunlight. Also, avoid putting it near lights or other appliances.

Also, avoid putting it near lights or other appliances. Doing so can lead to an incorrect reading, which means your unit will have to work harder.

Finally, avoid placing a vent or indoor unit behind a curtain, which can block the airflow.

3. Keeping Your Window Open

We all love fresh air, but open windows can seriously drive up your AC bill.

This is because it’s much easier for humidity to get into your home — and of course, for that cool air to get out. This means that your AC will go into overdrive to compensate.

4. Failing To Use Fans

Especially if you’ve noticed that the cool air in your home doesn’t seem to circulate like you want it to, installing a ceiling fan can help.

This will help to move the cool air throughout your home, so you won’t have to run your unit on a high setting.

5. Not Cleaning Your Unit

When was the last time you changed the filter or cleaned the vents of your AC unit?

If you can’t remember, it’s time to act. In general, it’s a good idea to change your AC’s filter at least twice a year — more if you have pets. This is crucial because, if your unit becomes clogged, it will have to work harder to generate the same amount of air.

This can seriously drive up your bill.

Keep Your AC Bill Low By Avoiding These Mistakes

While this post has taught you all about the most common, costly mistakes people make with their air conditioning units, there’s one final important point to make.

When it comes to keeping your bill low, your unit functioning properly, and longevity, a lot depends on the quality of the unit you purchase in the first place. You also need ac experts to conduct thorough routine maintenance on your unit.

That’s where we come in.

Get in touch with Comfort Conditioning today to learn more about how our services will help you to stay cool.

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Is your AC unit not cooling properly? Contact the AC experts in the Southeast Valley at Comfort Conditioning AZ today to fix your Air Conditioner today. Email us or call (480) 418-6444.

 

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Author ImageMark Schilling is the owner of Comfort Conditioning AZ; a family owned and operated HVAC company founded in 1997 that services residential customers in the Southeast Valley including Apache Junction, Chandler, Gilbert, Gold Canyon and Sun Lakes. When your HVAC system is in need of some TLC, you can depend on Mark’s team of well-trained, certified technicians to keep you cool and comfortable and treat you like friends & family. Contact Mark today at (480) 418-6444 for your air conditioning and heating service needs.